Note: Please go to to access the current RightScale documentation set. Also, feel free to Chat with us!
Home > Guides > Dashboard Users Guide > Clouds > AWS Regions > EBS Snapshots > Actions > Register an EBS Snapshot as an EC2 Image (AMI)

Register an EBS Snapshot as an EC2 Image (AMI)


To create an EBS-backed AMI by registering one of your own EBS Snapshots as a bootable EC2 machine image (AMI) so that you can "boot from EBS" (i.e. use this snapshot to launch an instance).  The EBS-backed AMI will be used to launch in EC2 instance that uses an Amazon EBS volume as its root device.

Note: After you create the AMI, you will need to create an MCI that references the new snapshot AMI so that you can use it to launch servers with ServerTemplates.

Table of Contents


  • 'actor' user role privileges
  • an EBS Snapshot that you own


Go to an EBS Snapshot that you want to regsister as an EC2 Image.  Clouds -> AWS Region -> EBS Snapshots -> YourSnapshot

Click the Register EBS Image action button.

When you register an EBS Snapshot as an EC2 image, a new EBS Snapshot will be created.

Provide the following information:

  • Name - Provide a name for the new EBS Snapshot.  It will be the name of the Snapshot and AMI
  • Description - Description for the image.
  • Architecture - Select the system architecture.
    • i386 - 32-bit image for micro, small, and medium instance types
    • x86_64 - 64-bit image for micro, large and above instance types
  • Virtualization type - The type of virtualization that will be used on the instance.
    • PVM - paravirtualization; used for standard Linux/UNIX EC2 images
    • HVM - hardware virutalization; used for Windows EC2 images
      • Note: Registration of an HVM type image is not supported by AWS.
  • Kernel image - (optional) Specify the kernel image that will be used by the instance.
  • Ramdisk image - (optional) Specifythe kernel image that will be used by the instance.
  • Root device name - The name of the root device where the created EBS volume (of the Snapshot AMI) will be mounted on the instance.  (e.g. /dev/sda1)
  • Root volume size (GB) - Specify the desired size of the volume that will be created from the Snapshot AMI.  If left blank, a volume that matches the size of the Snapshot will be created.
  • Delete Volume on termination - If checked, the created and mounted volume will automatically be deleted when the instance is terminated.  If unchecked, the volume will be detached, but not deleted when the instane is terminated.
  • Ephermeral drive(s) -

See also

You must to post a comment.
Last modified
22:11, 16 May 2013



This page has no classifications.



© 2006-2014 RightScale, Inc. All rights reserved.
RightScale is a registered trademark of RightScale, Inc. All other products and services may be trademarks or servicemarks of their respective owners.